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Ogden Newspapers establishes $1M fund to help local businesses recover from coronavirus

STEUBENVILLE — Businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Herald-Star, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local marketing efforts through matching advertising dollars.

“We know businesses and workers here are hurting; we’re hurting, too,” said John Hale, publisher. “But if we can pull together as a community, we can weather this. Here at the Herald-Star, we want to do everything we can to help everyone get through the pandemic and get back to work. With these matching grants, we can help local businesses tell their story as they rebuild.”

Businesses operating in our market can apply for a grant of up to $15,000 today at ogdennews.com/community-grant. Applicants will receive a response to their application within one to two business days.

The fund is open to all locally owned and operated businesses impacted by the coronavirus, Hale said, whether or not they are current Herald-Star advertisers. Grant money can be used for local print and online advertising in the Herald-Star and on heraldstaronline.com between Wednesday and June 30, 2020.

“It’s been amazing to see the creative and generous ways that our local businesses are supporting each other the past couple of weeks. And this program is no exception,” said Tricia Maple-Damewood, president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. “The Ogden family’s generosity sends the message that the Herald-Star is a true hometown newspaper that we can be proud of.”

“A community newspaper is only as strong as the community it serves,” said Robert Nutting, CEO of Ogden Newspapers. “As a family-owned business operating for almost 130 years, we have learned that the only way to pull through the hard times is to stand with your partners and customers. We are proud to offer this assistance to the local businesses that form the backbone of the communities where we publish.”

For information and to apply, visit ogdennews.com/community-grant

Ogden Newspapers operates more than 40 daily newspapers across the country, plus a number of weekly newspapers and a magazine division.

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